Walking the Crown Track

Image: Sean Willcock | Creative Commons


Take this short walk through historic mining country through to the Dickey Flat Campsite.

Track overview

3 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this track


This track showcases beautiful scenery, good swimming holes and interesting mine relics. It passes the remains of the extensive Karangahake Mines, with optional short side trips to view tunnels and the impressive Woodstock Underground Pumphouse. Further up the Crown Track follows a pipeline and other relics from the gold mining days.

It is suitable for most fitness levels. A torch is recommended for a 200 m tunnel on this track.

From the Karangahake Reserve car park, cross the suspension bridge over the Ohinemuri River then head uphill. Follow the Crown Tramway Track alongside the true left bank of the Waitawheta River. Cross the suspension bridge and continue upstream on the Crown Track past the Crown Stope and a picturesque swimming hole (40 minutes from the start) and then through the tunnel.

A bridge crosses the Waitawheta River just before you reach Dickey Flat. Return the same way or pitch your camp for a relaxing overnight stay (fees apply).

Getting there

Located on the southern side of the Ohinemuri River. The main access point is the Karangahake Reserve Carpark on SH29 at Karangahake.

Know before you go

Mountain biking is not permitted.

Mine tunnels and shafts are dangerous and may be hidden by vegetation.

  • Stay only on official marked tracks.
  • Do not enter tunnels unless they are clearly marked for public access.

Occasional closures

The lower part of the Crown Track between the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway and the Underground Pumphouse will regularly be closed when heavy rainfall is forecast. This is to ensure public safety, which could be affected by weather-induced slips and rock fall - regular occurrences on this track.

The Underground Pumphouse and Dickey Flat Campsite would still be accessible via the Windows Walk when the lower Crown Track is closed.

Check with the Tauranga Office for the current status, or call the DOC hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468) at weekends and public holidays.


Tauranga Office
Phone:   +64 7 578 7677
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   taurangainfo@doc.govt.nz
Address:   253 Chadwick Road West
Greerton West
Tauranga 3112
Postal Address:   PO Box 9003
Greerton West
Tauranga 3142
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